Office of Student Engagement
300 Pulteney St.
Scandling Center, 2nd Floor
Geneva, NY 14456
Phone: (315) 781-3880

Office Hours: Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.


Community Assistants (CAs) are student leaders and paid employees of the Office of Student Engagement at Hobart and William Smith Colleges. A CA is assigned to each residential area and is responsible for creating a sense of community for the students who reside there.

In developing such a community, they often address issues of personal counseling, advising, policy enforcement, and programming (both within the residence halls and across campus). When students have questions or concerns about their living situations or about the Colleges in general, CAs are a great first stop for advice and tips.

In addition to acting as a role model both on and off-campus, CAs ensure that students act in accordance with the Colleges' policies while in the residence halls, as outlined in the Handbook of Community Standards.


January 2024

  • January 1: Applications are available via Engage
  • January 24-26: Information Sessions - Learn about the CA role and the selection process via Zoom
  • January 29-February 2: Enjoy refreshments and connect with current Lead Community Assistants to learn more about the work.

February 2024

  • February 8: Application closes
  • February 13-16: New CA Individual Interviews (Scheduled once applicant has submitted application and passed first round)
  • By end of month: CA Candidate Decision Letters sent out


Community Assistants are selected from a competitive pool of applicants and undergo rigorous training as a team at the beginning of each semester. You are always well equipped to complete the work!

The Community Assistant application process occurs during every spring semester.

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